New blog feature! Whenever a story I adore is under attack, I will post one of these to register my opinion. This will prevent me from posting contrarian comments in other people’s blogs. Nobody likes that.
In this case, I’m working very hard not to make anal sex references. Aside from this one, obviously. Consider them all made now.
Snooty writers across the internet are attacking Pacific Rim for its many implausibilities and plot holes. It’s not that the snoots are wrong. The film flagrantly defies physics and characters display most of the poor strategic decision-making associated with monster movies (Why did you wait so long to use that ability? Chinooks do not work that way! What are those jaegers made of, anyway? Ad inifinitum…)
I admit to my love of mechs, monsters, physically attractive people, dogs, and Guillermo del Toro (also Ramin Djawadi, Pacific Rim’s soundtrack composer, who scored Game of Thrones and the first Downey Jr. Iron Man movie).
The reason snooty writers are making me want to unsubscribe from their snooty writing blogs is that they are missing the great parts of the movie, the ones that make it wonderful and original. This movie includes sights you have never seen, concepts you’ve never considered (possibly because they’re illogical, but still), and people who are more than their archetypes. How many stories do you see like that, these days?
I entered the theater without any other information than “This is del Toro’s movie about ridiculously huge monsters and mechs.” So, maybe you don’t want to read the SPOILERS in the white text below. If you do, highlight it.
The competent, kick-ass woman is literally an indispensable part of the team. The adorable, natural, equal-power romance is a pleasure to behold. The characters repeatedly escape mind-boggling doom through cleverness, compromise, and cooperation. Hell, the entirety of humanity gets together on multiple projects and cooperates! Cities incorporate giant monster skeletons! Its science is mad.
Come on, you cynical bastards, quit fixating on minor imperfections!
All I’m saying is: The characterization, humor, dialogue, setting, and pace are admirable. You ought to consider those when you’re evaluating the movie as a whole. If you accept that this is a world in which physics may be largely ignored with magic, you might enjoy the movie. I recommend it, anyway.